I love Marrakech, so much so that I visited twice last year! So when Eyman and Bandele’s colourful destination wedding landed in my submissions pile, I was super excited. The bride is from Sudan, the groom from Jamaica, and they now both live in the UK.
The wedding was held at the Dar Anis Riad. “We decided to keep things simple and use the natural surroundings as our décor”, said the bride. “As the main courtyard contained three small orange trees we used oranges as name placements with simple toothpick type labels inserted into individual whole oranges. The table centrepieces were locally sourced flowers and candles.”
“We decided to get married in Morocco as it’s the first place we visited together”, she continued. “We kept it simple but it was difficult at times. The more people involved the harder it can become to stick to the simple plan. As the ceremony wasn’t legal in Morocco (we went to the registry office back in the UK) we had Bandele’s brother officiating which was really personal and special.”
“Our biggest cost was hiring the Riad and paying for flights for our immediate family. However we saved by not having things like a cake and wearing non-traditional outfits. My dress was made for me but wasn’t a wedding dress. Afterwards I had it altered into a skirt that I can wear again!”
“Our favourite moment of the day was when we saw each other for the first time”, she concluded. “It was a private moment when I first walked around the corner to meet him before walking down the aisle together.”